Bush Defends Israeli Attacks in Lebanon

News from The Associated Press: “President Bush strongly defended Israel’s attacks in Lebanon on Thursday but worried they could weaken or topple the fragile government in Beirut. The Mideast violence exposed divisions between the United States and allies and raised fears of a widening war.

‘Israel has a right to defend herself,’ Bush said at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Every nation must defend herself against terrorist attacks and the killing of innocent life.'”

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said the Israeli air campaign – its heaviest against Lebanon in 24 years – could “plunge Lebanon back into the worst years of the war with the flight of thousands of Lebanese who … were in the process of rebuilding their country.”

Bush, at the news conference, voiced fears about the survival of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora’s government. “The concern is that any activities by Israel to protect herself will weaken that government … or topple that government. And we’ve made it clear in our discussions.

“Having said all that,” Bush continued, “people need to protect themselves. There are terrorists who will blow up innocent people in order to achieve tactical objectives.”

Do you think he is referring to the Israelis?

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